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2012 No. 33 prospect in the Coastal Plains League (Perfect Game) SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012) 2011 No. 15 prospect in the Coastal Plains League (Perfect Game) SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll (2011) 37th round selection in 2010 MLB Draft (Dodgers)
Outlook Talented right-handed hitting outfielder has positioned himself for a starting spot at a corner outfield post ... A tremendous athlete, was a star high school quarterback in high school, before spurning the Dodgers as a 37th round pick in 2010 to attend UK ... Has been a part-time starter since arriving on campus and having a great fall practice season ... Can play any outfield post with great speed, instincts and arm strength ... Led UK in quality at bats during the fall ... Plays aggressively on the diamond, running the bases, playing the field and at the plate ... Has the ability to slow down the game in key situations as a clutch hitter ... With his disciplined approach at the plate, profiles as a steady top-of-the-order bat in the lineup and as a defensive weapon in the outfield.
Summer Had a good summer in two different leagues, starting in the Northwoods League before shifting back to Asheboro in the Coastal Plains League ... Batted .264 (29-for-110) in 28 games, with four dobules, one triple, five RBI and six steals ... Was perfect in the field and added three outfield assists.
2012 Part-time starter at a corner outfield post, playing in 27 games with 17 starts ... Batted .319 (22-for-69) with 14 runs, one double and nine RBI, stealing 5-of-8 bases ... Drew four walks and had a 4-8 walk-strikeout ratio ... got plunked by four pitches and hung one sacrifice fly ... Notched an outfield assist and has two in his last two years ... Played in seven SEC games with three starts, batting .267 (4-for-15) with four runs and one steal ... Hit .333 (18-for-54) in non-conference games, with a double and nine RBI ... Batted .355 (11-for-31) in home games, with one double and six RBI ... In eight road games, hit .292 (7-for-24) with two RBI ... In games UK won, hit .375 (18-for-48) with 12 runs, one double, nine RBI and five steals ... In 18 day games, hit .309 (17-for-55) with a double and eight RBI ... In nine night games, batted .357 (5-for-14) ... Had four multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game ... Ran up a five-game hitting streak and reached safely in eight straight games ... Made 17 starts in leftfield ... Hit No. 6 (once), No. 7 (11 times) and No. 8 (five times) ... Batted .382 (13-for-34) with runners on base, .421 (8-for-19) with runners in scoring position, .350 (7-for-20) with two outs ... Had five two-out RBI ... In his 10 games off the bench, hit .500 (4-for-8) with three RBI ... Had a bunt single ... Started the first five games of the year, with an RBI in each game ... Went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the season opener ... Had a 3-for-4 game with a steal vs. Eastern Michigan ... Went 1-for-4 with an RBI at USC Upstate ... Collected hits vs. Buffalo ... Had a two-RBI hit off the bench vs. UIC ... Went 2-for-2 with a walk and a steal in a start vs. Western Kentucky ... Made a highlight reel catch with a fully-extended grab at the foul line in a start at No. 18 Georgia ... Went 1-for-4 in a start vs. No. 21 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament ... Started the 21-inning game vs. No. 25 Kent State, going 0-for-6 in leftfield, before left-handed hitter Cameron Flynn pinch hit for him in the extra innings ... Played in the Coastal Plains League for Asheboro during the summer ... Saw action in 26 games - all starts - batting .295 (33-for-112) with four doubles, two triples, two homers and 11 RBI ... Totaled a .420 slugging and a .322 on-base percentage ... Stole 3-of-6 bases and added one outfield assist.
2011 Was the story of fall practice entering his freshman season, before battling minor injuries throughout the year as a part-time starter in the outfield, starting in centerfield on opening day ... Appeared in 30 games with 24 starts in the outfield ... Hit .253 (19-for-75) with four doubles, seven RBI and a 12-14 walk-strikeout ratio ... Stole 3-of-3 bases while battling a hip injury ... Hit .250 (14-for-56) with three doubles and four RBI in 21 games and 17 starts in SEC play ... Collected five multiple-hit games and had a stretch of reaching base safely in seven consecutive games ... Made seven starts and played in nine non-league games, batting .263 (5-for-19) with one double and three RBI ... Hit .250 in 12 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with two doubles and three RBI ... In 16 road games and 12 starts on the road, hit .279 (12-for-43) with two doubles and four RBI ... Made 17 starts in day games, with a .302 average (16-for-53) with four doubles and six RBI ... Started in centerfield 15 times and in rightfield nine times ... Hit leadoff five times, No. 6 and No. 7 once each, No. 8 nine times and No. 9 (eight times) ... Led the team with four outfield assists ... Started on opening day vs. No. 20 College of Charleston, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk ... Started UK's home opener vs. Eastern Michigan, going 1-for-3, before suffering an injury in the next game vs. Eastern Michigan on March 15, missing the next 22 days ... Return to action vs. Niagara and Murray State but missed the following 10 days due to injury ... Collected a career-high two hits in two road games at Alabama and one road game at South Carolina ... Finished the year on a six-game hitting streak.
High School One of the top prospects in the state ... A first-team all-state honoree as a senior and a second-team honoree as a junior ... Four-year letterwinner for coach Keith Galloway at Lexington Christian Academy ... Owns school records for hits and triples ... In 2009, batted .377 with eight doubles, four homers and 20 RBI, stealing 13 bases ... As a sophomore hit .378 with 22 runs scored, four doubles, nine RBI and nine stolen bags ... In 2007, hit .417 with 14 runs, two doubles, five RBI and five stolen bases ... Star quarterback, named All-District Player of the Year as sophomore, throwing over 100 touchdown passes in his four-year career ... Holds school records in completions, attempts, passing yards, quarterback rushing yards, quarterback rating and starting games as a quarterback ... All-State quarterback in 2008 and 2009 ... A U.S. Army Football All-American nominee ... Led team to state runner-up finish in football as a sophomore ... Baseball team won All-A State Championship in 2009.
Personal Full name is Lucas Austin Witt ... Born Sept. 26, 1991 ... Son of Elmer Witt and Kathy Witt ... Has an older sister, Morgan (23)... Sister, Morgan cheered at Kentucky.